The Good Ol’ Buddy Meets the Background Check

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 10, 2009

The Good Ol’ Buddy Meets the Background Check

Consider this scenario:

You’re the owner or hiring manager of a business.

You run into an old high school or college buddy you haven’t seen for years.  It’s like there was no time between the two of you — right back to the way things were.  During the conversation, you begin to talk about work and, lo and behold, he’s looking for a job much like the one you’ve had trouble filling.

Is it Fate?

On first glance, this sounds like the ideal day, doesn’t it?  After all, the buddy is someone you knew well “back in the day”, someone you trusted.  Who cares that several years have passed, right?

As you might guess, this scenario has a number of different outcomes, and some of them aren’t so pretty.  That’s why, despite your best intentions and the awkwardness of it, you have to background screen every applicant… even if it means offending your buddy.

This is also a good reason to make background screening at your company consistent across the board.  If your buddy fusses, you can simply throw your hands into the air and say, “Hey, it’s just the way it is here.  Should we proceed?”  That way, the ball will be in your buddy’s court… and your company will be in a better position to stay OUT of court!